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Encyclopedia > Rudebox (album)
Rudebox
Studio album by Robbie Williams
Released October 20, 2006 (NL, GER)
October 23, 2006 (UK)
Recorded Los Angeles California, 2006
Genre Pop, Hip Hop & Dance
Length 73:35
Label Chrysalis/EMI
Producer(s) Several (See Article)
Professional reviews
Robbie Williams chronology
Intensive Care
(2005)
Rudebox
(2006)
Let's Swing Again
(2007)

Rudebox is the name of Robbie Williams's tenth solo album, and seventh studio album, released on October 23, 2006 in the UK. It was originally scheduled to be called 1974, the year Williams was born. The album features collaborations with William Orbit, and two collaborations with the Pet Shop Boys: "She's Madonna" and "We're the Pet Shop Boys". Lily Allen provides backing vocals on the songs "Bongo Bong and Je Ne T'aime Plus" and "Keep On". Image File history File links B000HC2MFC.01. ... A studio album is a collection of previously unreleased, studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... Robbie Williams (born Robert Peter Williams on February 13, 1974) is a Grammy Award-nominated and fifteen time BRIT Award-winning English singer/songwriter. ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... }} For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... jus like my ass For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Chrysalis logo (1987-2005) Chrysalis Records is a record label that was created in 1969. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Brook Green in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based on Charing Cross Road, London. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... Sometimes confused with the Canadian music magazine Music Express The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a music magazine in the UK which has been published weekly since March 1952. ... Image File history File links Stars10080. ... Robbie Williams (born Robert Peter Williams on February 13, 1974) is a Grammy Award-nominated and fifteen time BRIT Award-winning English singer/songwriter. ... Intensive Care is the ninth album and sixth solo studio album by English pop singer Robbie Williams, released on October 24, 2005 in the United Kingdom. ... Lets Swing Again will be the eleventh album release from English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams. ... Robbie Williams (born Robert Peter Williams on February 13, 1974) is a Grammy Award-nominated and fifteen time BRIT Award-winning English singer/songwriter. ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... William Orbit (sometimes written as William Ørbit, born on 15 December 1956 as William Mark Wainwright in Shoreditch, Hackney) is an English musician and record producer, perhaps best known to most for his work on Madonnas album Ray of Light, which received four Grammy Awards. ... The capitalization of song titles in this article may be disputed. ... Lily Rose Beatrice Allen[1] (born May 2, 1985) is a BRIT Award nominated English singer-songwriter, currently signed to Regal/Parlophone (EMI), and known for songs such as Smile and LDN. She is the daughter of actor/comedian/musician Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. ...


Getting a mixed reception from critics, the album reached the top position in 14 countries including United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Italy and Finland, among many others.


The album debuted at #2 on the United World Chart selling 378,000 copies in its first week[1], however this figure is highly debatable as the only country the album was released where actual sales are published is the UK. Now it has so far moved 700,000 units in the United Kingdom and 4.5 million worldwide.[2] The United World Chart is a nationwide chart issued every week by Media Traffic, using both sales (digital and physical) and airplay to determine the most popular albums and singles in the world. The United World Chart uses the same system as the Billboard Hot 100, in which the tracking...


The song "Dickhead" is included as hidden track in some countries.


Japanese editions of the album feature "Lonestar Rising" as the bonus track, instead of "Dickhead".[3]

Contents

Track listing

# Title Songwriters Producers Duration
1. "Rudebox" (R. Williams, B. Laswell, B. Collins, C. Aiken, R. Shakespeare, S. Dunbar) Soul Mekanik 4:44
2. "Viva Life on Mars" (R. Williams, D. Spencer, K. Andrews) Soul Mekanik 4:51
3. "Lovelight" (L. Taylor) Mark Ronson 4:02
4. "King Of The Bongo/Bongo Bong and Je Ne T'Aime Plus" (M. Chao) Mark Ronson 4:48
5. "She's Madonna" (with Pet Shop Boys) (R. Williams, N. Tennant, C. Lowe) Pet Shop Boys 4:16
6. "Keep On" (R. Williams, C. Heath, S. Duffy) Juan Gabriel 4:19
7. "Good Doctor" (R. Williams, J. Meehan) Mark Ronson 3:16
8. "The Actor" (R. Williams, B. Christy, C. Russo) Brandon Christy & Craig Russo 4:06
9. "Never Touch That Switch" (K. Andrews, D. Spencer) Soul Mekanik 2:47
10. "Louise" (J. Callis, P. Wright, P. Oakey) William Orbit 4:46
11. "We're the Pet Shop Boys" (with Pet Shop Boys) (My Robot Friend) Pet Shop Boys 4:57
12. "Burslem Normals" (R. Williams, D. Spencer, K. Andrews) Soul Mekanik 3:50
13. "Kiss Me" (S. Duffy) Joey Negro 3:18
14. "The 80's" (R. Williams, J. Meehan) Jerry Meehan 4:18
15. "The 90's" (R. Williams, J. Meehan) Jerry Meehan 5:34
16. "Summertime" (R. Williams, A. Genn) William Orbit 5:41
17. "Dickhead" (UK bonus track) (R. Williams, J. Meehan) Jerry Meehan 4:09

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Special edition

A special edition of the album was released along with the regular edition, presented in a special package and design including an exclusive DVD featuring the 30-minute documentary "We Are Not Alone", plus "Rudebox" Live at Roundhay Park in Leeds and the Trailer of Robbie's new DVD "And Through It All - Robbie Williams Live 1997-2006". DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or, incorrectly, Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... // Introduction Roundhay Park in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, is one of the biggest inner-city parks in Europe. ... Leeds is a major city in West Yorkshire, England. ...


Critical opinion

The album got a very mixed reception from critics in the UK.NME praised the record, saying it was the best album of William's career and a great pop album, giving it 8/10. It received further praise from other rock magazines such as Mojo and Uncut, along with the likes of Music Week, All Music Guide, Pop Matters, and various broadsheet newspapers. Sometimes confused with the Canadian music magazine Music Express The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a music magazine in the UK which has been published weekly since March 1952. ... Mojo is a popular music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. ... UNCUT magazine is a popular monthly publication based in London, which is available across the English speaking world, and focuses on films, music and books. ... Music Week is a trade paper for the UK record industry. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... PopMatters is an online popular culture magazine that covers a broad scope of mediums, including music, television, films, books, video games, computer software, theatre, the visual arts, and the internet. ...


However, the greatest British tabloids were not as kind and many of them including the Mirror newspaper slammed it. Williams himself said in an interview that he was delighted to get such praise from magazines who usually do not rate him.


Lack Of Promotion

Due to William's touring Latin America and Australia when the album was released, he never got to promote the album. There were no TV/Radio apperences, no big magazine interviews and no tour for the album. His record company EMI also failed to market the album heavily, by having very few adds on TV/Radio for the album. Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Brook Green in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based on Charing Cross Road, London. ...


Album sales

In the United Kingdom the album sold 54,667[4] copies on its first day in stores, taking the number-one slot on the albums chart midweek. By Wednesday the album had sold over 75,000 copies.[5] The album debuted at #1 on the Official UK Albums Chart selling over 147,000 copies on its first week[6] Despite reaching the number one spot, sales were far below what was expected by his label EMI, and overall sales were overtaken by his former band Take That's Beautiful World. However, it outsold Beauitful World by miles outside the UK. The fallout of the album's failure lead to the firing of two music executives responsible for the album's development.[7] The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ... Take That are an English pop boy band that originated in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, in 1990 after being formed by Nigel Martin Smith. ...


The album was released in the Netherlands on October 20, 2006, on the same day the album was certified platinum as a result of pre-order sales of over 70,000.[8] October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


In Belgium the album sold 50,000 copies and went Platinum. It was released on October 23, 2006 in Australia and debuted at #1 achieving Platinum status in its first week.[9]. It has since been certified 2x platinum (140,000). Since October 20th 2006 the album has sold 5 million copies and has reached number one in 14 countries around the globe.[10] October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The album shipped 220,000 in France in its opening week, as well as 600,000 in Germany, and 700,000 in the UK. In Australia, sales are approaching 3x platinum (210,000), and in Mexico it has gone platinum with at least 100,000 sold. Overall sales in Europe are estimated at around 2.7 million, whilst outside Europe an estimated 600,000.


On November 8th 2006, IFPI certified the album 2x Platinum in Europe with sales of over 2 million making it the fastest platinum selling album of 2006.[11] November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... The International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Producers (IFPI) is an international record industry organization based in Zurich, Switzerland. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


On November 20th 2006, the album reached #1 in Mexico becoming his first number-one album in that country on the main Top 100 Chart. November 20 is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The singles from the album, have collectively sold over 1 million copies globally, brining the total sales to over 5.5m records.


Rudebox was the 18th best selling album of 2006 worldwide according to the IFPI. Outside the US, it was 2006's best selling album by a solo artist.


Singles

Rudebox is a single from musician Robbie Williams, taken from his album Rudebox. ... Lovelight is a pop song originally written and performed by Lewis Taylor for his 2003 album . ... Bongo Bong and Je Ne TAime Plus is a pop song originally written and performed by Manu Chao. ... Shes Madonna is the third international single release from Robbie Williamss album Rudebox. ...

Controversies

"She's Madonna" was the centre of a tabloid storm after Ashley Hamilton claimed that he came up with part of the song with Williams. Hamilton has claimed he wishes to take the matter to court as he is not credited as a co-writer on the album.[12]


Further controversy arose over the track "The 90s", part of which implies that Williams was ripped off by Take That's manager Nigel Martin-Smith after the band failed to make a profit from a European tour. The song rose the ire of Martin-Smith, who demanded that the song be removed from the album.[13] Take That are an English pop boy band that originated in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, in 1990 after being formed by Nigel Martin Smith. ...


The omitted lyrics were rapped during the break before the second verse:

"Now I'm managed by a prick and I'm 16 and chubby. Told me to lose 20 pounds and you're not Rob, you're Robbie, and if I see you with a girl, then you're gonna be sorry and if you don't sign this contract, get your bags from the lobby. He's such an evil man, I used to fantasize of taking a Stanley knife and go and play with his eyes. I pray to the Lord he won't have any children. He didn't spot Elvis leaving the building."

Elvis has left the building! is a phrase that was often used by public address announcers following Elvis Presley concerts to disperse audiences who lingered in hopes of an Elvis encore. ...

American sales

Though not widely released in America, new copies of Rudebox have been found in select stores as an import (imported CDs have higher prices). For instance, the Borders store in Tacoma, Washington lists Rudebox at a price of $22.99 plus tax (most newly released CDs in America are sold at $14.99). The album was a relative success on the Digital charts, reaching the top 15 on iTunes. It also peaked at #7 on the Canadian iTunes. Borders Group (NYSE: BGP) is an international bookseller based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ... Nickname: The City of Destiny Location of Tacoma in Pierce County and Washington State Coordinates: Country United States of America State Washington County Pierce Government  - Mayor Bill Baarsma (NP) Area  - City 62. ...


Peak position and certification

Chart Provider(s) Peak
position
Certification Sales
Australian Album Chart[14] ARIA 1 2x Platinum[15] 140,000+
Austrian Album Chart[16] MediaControl Europe 1 2x Platinum[17] 40,000+
Danish Album Chart[18] IFPI / Nielsen 1 Platinum[19] 30,000+
European Album Chart IFPI 1 2x platinum 2,700,000+
Finnish Album Chart[20] GLF 1 Platinum 30,000
German Album Chart[21] Media Control 1 3x platinum[22] 600,000+
Hungarian Album Chart[23] IFPI Europe 1 2x Platinum[24] 30,000+
Italian Album Chart[25] 1 Platinum 100,000
Mexican Album Chart[26] AMPROFON 1 Platinum[27] 100,000+
Argentina Album Chart CAPIF 1 Platinum 40,000+
Swiss Album Chart[28] Media Control Europe 1 2x Platinum[29] 60,000+
UK Album Chart BPI/The Official UK Chart 1 2x Platinum[30] 700,000+
Greece International Albums Chart[31] IFPI 2
Netherlands Album Chart[32] Megacharts/NVPI 2 Platinum 70,000
Swedish Album Chart[33] GLF 2 Gold 30,000+
Spain Album Chart Promusicae 2 Gold 40,000+
Belgium Album Chart[34] IFPI 3 Platinum 50,000+
Czech Album Chart[35] IFPI 3
French Album Chart[36] 3 Silver[37] 220.000
Norwegian Album Chart[38] VG Nett 8
Estonian Album Chart Pedrobeat 8 Gold 5,000+
New Zealand Album Chart[39] RIANZ 14
United World Chart MediaTraffic 2 3,500,000

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) is a trade group representing the Australian recording industry. ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ... MegaCharts is responsible for the composition and exploitation of a broad collection of charts, of which the Mega Top 50 and the Mega Album Top 100 are the most known ones. ... The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) is a non-profit trade association of record producers, distributors and recording artists in New Zealand. ... The United World Chart is a nationwide chart issued every week by Media Traffic, using both sales (digital and physical) and airplay to determine the most popular albums and singles in the world. The United World Chart uses the same system as the Billboard Hot 100, in which the tracking...

Notes

  1. ^ United World Chart
  2. ^ Niel Tennant talks about Rudebox's sales
  3. ^ Japanese Edition of the Album
  4. ^ U.K. Midweeks 24/10 (Tuesday)
  5. ^ Midweeks 24/10 (Wednesday)
  6. ^ U.K. Top 75 - October 29th 2006
  7. ^ Can Robbie Williams Escape Drugs Demons To Save His Career?
  8. ^ Album already platinum in the Netherlands
  9. ^ ARIA Charts
  10. ^ Niel Tennant talks about Rudebox's sales
  11. ^ IFPI Certifcations, November 2006
  12. ^ http://www.exposay.com/robbie-williams-is-accused-of-stealing-shes-madonna-track/v/3888/
  13. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,4-2006430123,,00.html
  14. ^ ARIA Charts
  15. ^ ARIA Charts
  16. ^ Austrian Charts
  17. ^ IFPI Austria
  18. ^ Dannish Charts
  19. ^ Dannish Certifications
  20. ^ Finnish Charts
  21. ^ German Charts
  22. ^ IFPI Germany
  23. ^ Hungarian Charts
  24. ^ IFPI Austria
  25. ^ Italian Charts
  26. ^ Mexican Charts
  27. ^ AMPROFON Mexico
  28. ^ Swiss Charts
  29. ^ Swiss Certifications
  30. ^ BPI Certications
  31. ^ Greek International Albums Chart
  32. ^ Dutch Megacharts
  33. ^ Swedish Charts
  34. ^ Belgian Charts
  35. ^ Czech Albums Chart
  36. ^ French Albums Chart
  37. ^ French Sales & Certifications
  38. ^ Norwegian Charts
  39. ^ New Zealand Charts

External links

  • Robbie Williams: Rudebox - A Tack By Track Guide. August 21, 2006

 
 

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